Islam and the Search for African American Nationhood: Elijah Muhammad, Louis Farrakhan, and the Nation of Islam


A review of the history of African-American Islam from 1930 to 2005. Walker debunks fear-mongering about modern and emerging black Muslim sects. He suggests that American Islam is a bogey that white elites use to regiment Hispanics, Asians and immigants to bring them under tight nationalist control. Instead, he believes that African-American Muslims are simply expressing their unique political needs and preferences to the larger culture.